M.R. Ball (Minuard Rowland Ball, Jr.) was born on Sept. 22, 1939 to Minuard Rowland Ball, Sr. and Mattie Maple Harper Ball in McCaskill, Ark. His father passed away in WWII when M.R. was very young, and he grew up with his mother and two sisters, Jean and Brenda, as well as many other family members who loved and helped shape him. His relatives always said he was “just like his daddy” because,...
Virginia “Terri” Marie Long, 93, of Kalkaska passed away on Dec. 3, 2019. She was born to the late Francis and Marie (Callahan) Tebo on Sept. 24, 1926 in Sault Ste Marie, MI. She worked for Kalkaska county dispatch for 10 years and was an elected County Commissioner for two terms. Virginia enjoyed reading a good book and making arts and crafts. She cherished her time spent with family and was a...
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, Lawrence (Larry) Frederick Francis, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 65. Larry was born on March 10, 1954 in Petoskey to Theodore and Beatrice (Haney) Francis. Larry married the love of his life, Vickie Blake on July 13, 1993. They raised three sons, Todd, Trin, Scott and one daughter Sarah. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. Larry was...
Jack Prescott Sage of Grand Haven, MI, died peacefully on Dec. 8, 2019 at Heartwood Lodge Hospice Care, Spring Lake, MI. from pancreatic cancer. Jack was born July 7, 1943 in Charlevoix, MI to Jack and Eileen Sage. Jack married Ruth Grimes on Aug. 12, 1966. Unto this union two children were born; Tammy Marie Sage (Forrest) and Jack Leon Sage. Jack graduated from Central Lake High School in 1961,...
William (Bill) Hierlihy, of Zephyrhills, Fla. (previously Bellaire) 79, passed away on Nov. 26 with his family by his side. Survivors include his daughters, Wendy, Kristin, and Penny, and their spouses, and son Billy, and his spouse, 7 grandchildren, (all from Florida). His two nieces Annette (King) Kroupa, and Mary King. He was preceded in death by his father, 1970, mother, 1979, sister, 2015....
Lyle Melvin Thornburg, 83, of Kalkaska passed away at home surrounded by his family on December 6, 2019. Lyle was born in Petoskey, Michigan to the late Oza and Louise (Rattray) Thornburg on November 26, 1936. He served in the Marine Corps from 1954 to 1960 where he excelled on the pistol shooting team. Later he worked as a heavy equipment operator, then as a truck driver for Mobile Oil. After...

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